Lander, WY – Fremont County has alerted a federal appeals court in Denver that Wyoming recently changed state law to allow counties to reconfigure voting districts. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Thursday on Fremont County's appeal of a federal judge's order requiring election of county commissioners from separate voting districts. Judge Alan B. Johnson ruled last year that at-large voting in Fremont County diluted the votes of American Indians. The county is appealing Johnson's rejection of its proposal to
Riverton, WY – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a Northern Arapaho man's claim that the state of Wyoming lacked authority to prosecute him for murder in his daughter's death. Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. is serving a life sentence in state prison in the 2004 beating death of 22-month-old Marcela Hope Yellowbear. Both the Wyoming Supreme Court and U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne previously upheld Yellowbear's murder conviction. They rejected Yellowbear's argument that the area of
Laramie, Wyo. – Yellowstone's winter season is coming to a close, as is the Park's temporary two-year winter use plan. The plan provides for commercially guided snowmobile and snow-coach travel into the park.
Laramie, Wyo. – According to the Wyoming Department of Health, nearly 13 percent of Wyoming adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes. The Department says that's a conservative estimate, because those numbers are self-reported. Three Wyoming hospitals recently began pilot projects to reach people at high risk for diabetes before the disease sets in. Beth Kamber, a clinical dietician at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, says the program there is full, with 14 people enrolled. She says the objectives are straightforward...
Helena, Mont. – The new chief of Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to meet with Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today as officials struggle over what to do with more than 500 bison captured during their winter migration out of the park.
The bison face possible slaughter under a federal-state program meant to protect surrounding cattle ranches from the animal disease brucellosis.